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McCartney wins bronze in pole vault

Rio 2016 Olympics – Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney has won a bronze medal in Rio, equalling her personal best of 4.8 metres in the final.

The 19-year-old claimed the title of New Zealand’s youngest individual female medalist at an Olympics with the win, breaking swimmer Jean Stewart’s 64-year record from the 1952 Helsinki games when she was 21.

However the title was later taken off her by golfer Lydia Ko, who is several months younger than her and won the silver medal in the women’s golf the following day.

McCartney started strongly, clearing her first three heights on the first attempt.

 

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